L8 Cultural Discussion DUE

すいようび (suiyoubi-Wednesday)- Mar 29, 2017

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(◕‿◕) おはようございます!きょうはすいようびです。

TODAY, continue to do your best! Make sure you submit L8 Writing Assignment ASAP is you have not done so already (this was due yesterday).

Your L8 Cultural Discussion is due. Please don't forget to submit that assignment on time, by 11:59pm TODAY! As well as all the 2 comments required.

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This week in the culture discussion, you are talking about music in Japan!


So, I'd like to share an interesting artist with you:

His stage name is JERO, and he's not even from Japan, but he's from Pittsburg!

JERO is of Japanese and African-American descent, and began singing Enka at the age of 6 after listening to his Japanese grandmother's cassette tapes.

JERO studied Japanese at Kansai Gaidai University and earned a degree in information technology from the University of Pittsburgh and never really considered a career as an Enka singer.

What is Enka?

What is Enka?

えんか (Enka) is modern Japanese music that is modeled to sound like traditional Japanese music. You'll hear a lot of Enka being sung at Karaoke parlors, as well as echoing outside of hostess bars throughout the country.

Enka, in its attempt to stylistically mimic traditional music, employs the sounds of traditional instruments like shamisen (sounds similar to a banjo), taiko (drums), and flutes.
Enka is a pretty big deal in Japan, and there are tons of famous Enka singers.

Nowadays, Enka is pretty popular with the over 60 years old crowd, but JERO and other younger artists like him have popularized the genre for younger people.

Due to NCVPS policy that we can not link youtube videos, when you are able to look up "Jero" enka music, please do so. You will be amazed! ^o^

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April 15 Deadline

Lead with Languages Scholarships for Concordia Language Villages Programs

Concordia Language Villages is awarding twenty-five $1,000 Lead with Languages scholarships for learners to attend a two-week (ages 8-18) or four-week (high school) summer youth immersion program at Concordia Language Villages this summer. Programs are available in Arabic, Chinese, Danish, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Swedish.

To be eligible to win a scholarship, participants are required to submit a video of up to 30 seconds that answers the question, “Why is learning [insert the specific language you are interested in] important to me?” Selection of the most compelling videos will be paired with demonstration of financial need. Please go to the Lead with Languages Scholarship page at http://www.leadwithlanguages.org/2017/03/08/lead-languages-scholarship/ for details.

April 1 Deadline

High School Students: Federal Service Language Academy at the University of North Georgia

The University of North Georgia (UNG) will host the 7th summer language academy for high school rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors in June and July 2017. The Federal Service Language Academy (FSLA) is a three-week residential program for students interested in an immersive intensive language experience, fitness, and exploring international-related careers with the federal government. Last year around 60 students from over 15 US states and one foreign countries successfully completed FSLA.

During the two three-week sessions (Session I: June 11-30; Session II: July 9-28), students will be immersed in intensive language instruction in First-Year Arabic, Chinese, Russian, German, Korean, Portuguese, Japanese or Second-Year Arabic, Chinese, Russian, German, Korean, Japanese, and Portuguese from highly qualified teachers, participate in a daily fitness program, receive career counseling from federal agency representatives (possible agencies include the CIA, DEA, FBI, NSA, Department of State, Homeland Security, the Peace Corps and US Armed Forces), and possibly receive high school credit for successful completion of the academy.

New this year are the addition of FSLA Germany 2017 in Berlin and FSLA France 2017 in Angers, a three-week (July 1-22) language immersion experience. These programs will feature intensive language instruction, cultural excursions, and home stay arrangements with German or French families. This is a Dual Enrollment program with both high school and university German or French credit. Accepted students must be admitted to UNG. Please see the FSLA websitefor further details.

For further information, see below for more complete details and visit our web site: www.ung.edu/fsla

Looking for volunteers to join the Peer tutoring center for Fall 2017!

If you are interested in volunteering to be part of the PTC Services, please let me know. Please let me know which positions you are interested in as well. ^o^

I can only recommend those students based on performance in Japanese 1 course. So please be mindful of that.

*For more info check out the 3 next posts. Including the video "Meet Jeffrey."

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